If you want to transform your Defender 105 from run-of-the-mill to a one-of-a-kind, talk to the Rover tuning specialists at Britain’s Kahn Design. Their Flying Huntsman conversion adds 15” to the truck’s wheelbase and 6’ to its width, plus heaps of other serious off-road upgrades topped off with matte black on black everything.
Dutch custom car-maker Dunkervoort just unveiled their D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition, an open-wheel 2-seater powered by a 2.5-liter Audi engine with a top speed of 158 MPH. In typical Dunkervoort fashion, the D8 has no ABS brakes, no EPS, & no power steering. Combined with the stiff chassis & lightweight Carbon fiber body, it’s made for those who seek a direct, racecar-like connection to both vehicle & road.
Due to be unveiled next week at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, Audi’s forthcoming Prologue Allroad is bigger & badder than ever. At nearly 17 feet long, it’s got the same wheelbase as an A8 and rides 3-inches higher. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is mated to an electric motor & outputs 738 horsepower while achieving a very impressive 98 MPG.
McLaren’s latest creation, the 570S Coupé is the first model in its new Sports Series. It’s pure performance, featuring a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 570PS (562bhp) with 442lb ft of torque in a rear-wheel drive layout with a carbon fibre chassis. This elegant, race-inspired coupe goes over 200 MPH but gets an unbelievable 25.5 MPG.
When the zombie apocalypse (played out yet?) or any other apocalypse comes, this is the vehicle you’ll want for your escape. The Land Rover Defender Icarus is a death-proof custom camper conversion created by South African adventure customizer Alu-Cab. The Icarus features a built-in rooftop tent that opens from the inside, a fold-away stove & lots of side storage, plus ultra-bright Lumeno lights inside & out. via
Morgan Motor Company is the last family-owned, independent car-maker in Britain and with the release of their Aero 8, they’re blending classic British sports car styling with advanced technology. The powerplant is a V-8 BMW mated to a 6-speed manual BMW gearbox with a top-speed of 170MPH. The chassis is all aluminum and the fold away mohair soft-top stows neatly away in the clamshell rear trunk.
In the future, the pinnacle of sport-luxury looks like this. It’s Bentley’s forthcoming EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. It’s got a muscular exterior that calls to mind the current model Mustang but that’s where comparisons end. Inside it looks the cigar parlor of a Tudor mansion replete with leather & woodgrain. So sophisticated—especially the 12-inch touchscreen but so far, zero details on performance.
Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren will officially unveil its latest track-tuned creation, the 675LT. It outputs 666bhp and its aggressive aerodynamic package provides 40% more downforce than the 650; this is the lightest car in its class with a power-to-weight ratio that devastates its rivals. 0-62, 2.9 seconds. Top speed: 205 MPH.
Production is limited to just 100 vehicles for Aston Martin’s GT3, the latest variant of their flagship Vantage coupe. This new model is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 and features race-inspired styling that makes it lower, wider & includes lots of carbon fiber plus enhanced aerodynamics. Deliveries begin in the third quarter of 2015.
Porsche’s forthcoming Cayman GT4 is a 385-horse, manual-only 2-seater that features a 3.8-liter flat six and lots of other pieces borrowed from the GT3, like lowered suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, & carbon fiber racing seats. Available July 2015.